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Abortion Bills in MO Legislature: Restrictions or Prevention?

May 3, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A controversial abortion bill is one step closer to passing here. The Missouri Senate approved Senate Bill 793 almost two weeks ago, and it's now in the House. It would require that women be given an ultrasound before having an abortion. Anti-abortion advocates say most women decide against having the procedure after seeing the ultrasound images.

Paula Gianino, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, believes the bill also forces a state-mandated ideology into the exam room, by requiring that doctors give patients certain, pre-approved information about abortion.

"To try to force doctors into repeating state-mandated rhetoric or a particular point of view that the state wants to impose upon all citizens, in our view, is just excessive and extreme. "

A Missouri House special committee has a hearing on the bill this week. Lawmakers are also considering a Senate bill that would ban abortion coverage as part of health insurance plans.

Gianino says the abortion coverage ban is in response to the federal health care reform package signed into law in March.

"So, once again, our Missouri Legislature has gone out of its way to make sure they can do everything in their power short of completely banning all abortion in this state."

Several state legislatures have signed similar abortion coverage bans into law, including Arizona, Mississippi and Tennessee. Other state legislatures have taken up similar bills this session. Florida passed it, and it's on the governor's desk there.

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO